New Delhi: Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Raman on Wednesday said that the judiciary cannot be controlled, directly or indirectly, by the legislature or the executive. Otherwise ‘rule of law’ will be misleading. He also cautioned the judges against the influence of social media.
Justice Ramana observed, “New media tools which have the ability to exaggerate something, but are unable to differentiate between right and wrong, good and bad and real and fake. Hence ‘media trial’ matters. cannot be the guiding factor in deciding
The CJI said this while addressing the ’17th Justice PD Desai Memorial Lecture’ in a digital way. He said, “If the judiciary is to oversee the working of the government then it will need complete freedom to do its work. The judiciary cannot be controlled, directly or indirectly, by the legislature or the executive, otherwise there is a ‘rule of law’. ‘ will be confusing.”
“Pandemic may bring even bigger crises”
In view of the ‘unprecedented crisis’ being faced by the entire world due to the COVID pandemic, the CJI said, “We must stop and ask ourselves as to what rule of law have we adopted to ensure the safety and welfare of our people.” I have used it to an extent. I began to think that this epidemic could bring even bigger crises in the coming decades. Of course, we should at least start the process of analyzing what we did right and where done wrong.”
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